Let’s talk Physical Tactics for a moment.

First of all I’d like to address the title “Physical Tactics”. I use this term where many would use “Defensive Tactics” to describe combative situations a client may find themselves in. I do this because I do not particularly like the word “Defensive” in a title concerning combative situations. I’m not saying people shouldn’t use that term, simply that I don’t believe it encompasses my program.

When I teach Physical Tactics they are inclusive of situational awareness, reading physical behaviors and of course tactics that allow clients to intercept and negate a threat.

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Whenever I consider incorporating any tactic, technique or principle into any of my programs I submit them to what I call a ‘5 Factor Assessment’.  Anything I use – train – teach must be:

Easily executed
Easy to learn
Easy to retain
Easy to practice
Effective in your environment

The last one refers to communicated limitations or considerations from the client such as: Restricted movement, equipment concerns etc.

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Another concern, particularly among the major corporations is that of public perception. Understanding use of force and how it applies to you and your team is critical. It will be made even more so critical when the mobile phone videos come out, post incident, showing the protective specialist using more force than perhaps necessary to negate the threat. My advice is to “proof” your tactics by videotaping scenario based training and reviewing them to identify any concerns that you believe may arise. With this knowledge you may wish to alter the technique, while keeping it effective, or at least knowing what to communicate about it when/if the situation ever arises.

Joe Bezotte is the CEO and Lead Instructor for Core Security Consulting LLC. Joe currently trains corporate and private executive protection teams in the Minneapolis MN area.

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